How to - The Healthy Gardener

4 ways to stay hydrated

By
Amanda Etty
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Feeling sluggish? Here's some advice to help you stay quenched.

Long hours spent gardening under the sun can lead to dehydration and sunstroke.

Signs that you’re parched

  • Thirst
  • Dry, sticky mouth
  • Decreased energy and fatigue
  • Dry skin
  • Headache, dizziness or light-headedness

Follow these helpful tips to stay hydrated all summer long.


1 Water is the best, most obvious way to rehydrate. Since thirst is the first sign of mild dehydration, drink a full glass the moment you feel parched, or even better, aim for eight glasses daily, especially if you’re active.

2 Eat juicy fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon, cucumber, celery and peach, to defend against dehydration.

3 Natural fruit and vegetable juices and herbal tea can also help quench your thirst.

4 Drink coconut water. It contains electrolytes and is said to be as effective as some sports drinks in rehydration. Electrolytes, which are depleted when you perspire, aid in the body’s hydration process. Watch out for added sugars
on the ingredients list.

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